About the artist
Fiber artist and sculptor Jane Sauer earned her BFA at Washington University in St. Louis in 1959. She focused primarily on painting in the early part of her career. The work of the feminist fiber artists of the 1970s inspired Sauer to experiment with textiles. She returned to Washington University, this time to the School of Architecture, where she studied design from 1976-1978. She soon perfected her basketry technique, which she continues to practice and teach today. Sauer also serves as chair of the board of trustees of the American Crafts Council.
Sauer’s woven sculptures often consist of pairs or small groups and explore human relationships, particularly those in her own life. Her list of honors includes two NEA grants and taking first place at the Fourth International Exhibit of Miniature Textiles at the British Crafts Centre in London. Her work is in the permanent collections of the American Craft Museum in New York, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut.